HAPS Leadership (#16): HAPS-Institute

140205 (2) HAPS-i-LOGOAre you looking for graduate credit in the field of Anatomy & Physiology?  Are you looking to share your expertise on a specific A&P-related topic with peers who are as passionate as you about the subject matter?  If the answer to either question is “yes”, then the HAPS-Institute is the place for you.

140205 (1) Peter EnglishHi, I’m Peter English.  As the Executive Director of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, I serve as the Director of the HAPS-Institute.  I oversee the curriculum that we develop, the schedule of courses that we offer, and the enrollment of great individuals such as yourself.

At HAPS-I, we have maximized salary and minimized tuition to make this the best possible service to the HAPS community.  With all of the issues surrounding accreditation, it is becoming increasingly important that faculty have graduate credit in A&P, and our credit is earned through Alverno College in Milwaukee.  HAPS-I is one way in which HAPS is helping members meet the evolving needs in the changing landscape of higher education.

Every HAPS member has his or her specialty, and HAPS-I is taking advantage of this.  In most cases, HAPS-I courses center around an educator teaching the class of his or her dream: a specific, incredibly rich understanding of a topic being taught by an expert with an amazing depth of knowledge.  Courses can be completely online or can be a mix of online and in-person instruction.  Many of the in-person components are tied to Regional Conferences or the Annual Conference.  For 2014, we are offering four courses.  Looking ahead, we will have our first traveling course with participants studying A&P in Italy this summer.

Future groundbreaking of our western campus.
Future groundbreaking of our western campus.

In order to attract the best instructors, we pay an above average $2,500 per course based on an enrollment of 6 students (enrollment above this number pays more and pro-rates compensation for fewer students so that low-enrollment courses can still run).  All HAPS-I courses have end-of-course surveys to ensure that we continue to hire only the best instructors.

Be one of the proud, one of the elite!
Be one of the proud, one of the elite!

For the students, tuition is just $550 per credit hour for HAPS members ($750 per credit hour for non-HAPS members), which is less than one-third the cost of some other graduate credit programs.  Most HAPS-I courses are 2-credits, but between now and this summer, we’ll be offering 1-credit, 2-credit, and 3-credit courses to meet everyone’s demands.

The HAPS Foundation has recognized the importance of this sort of continuing education and offers HAPS-I scholarships four times per year.  The scholarships cover the cost of 1-credit of instruction and the next due date for applications is February 15.

So, what do you say?  Ready to be part of something incredible?    The HAPS-Institute is ready for you!

HAPS Leadership (#3): Foundation Oversight Committee

Busy, Busy, Busy!
Busy, Busy, Busy!

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is dedicated to helping you learn.  We’re working ourselves to the bone to help you gain valuable learning experiences.

The HAPS Foundation Oversight Committee offers a number of sources of financial aid to HAPS members and students.  Their aims are to encourage attendance and participation at the HAPS Annual Conference, to support student and faculty research, and to encourage participation in HAPS-Institute courses.    The HAPS Foundation was created in 2009 to build a financial pool of money that could make these efforts a reality.

The Committee currently administers the following grants and scholarships:

  • The Robert B. Anthony and Adjunct Faculty Scholarships and the HAPS Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Travel Award, which provide support for new members to attend the HAPS Annual Conference;
  • HAPS-I Scholarships, which cover the cost of tuition for these graduate-level courses;
  • The Sam Drogo Technology in the Classroom Awards, providing financial support for members presenting workshops at the Annual Conference;  and
  • Faculty and Student Grants, providing financial support of research by HAPS members and students.

They’ve been working on improvements to our review and approval procedures.  These include development of an electronic application process that will make submission and review of applications easier and more efficient and the adoption of uniform application submission deadlines.  In addition, they have recently begun to consider and grant HAPS-I Scholarships on a quarterly basis, reflecting the increasing number and varying start dates of HAPS-I courses.  Submission deadlines will be announced to the membership and displayed on the website.

Ask Don about the ladder.
Ask Don about the ladder.
Ask Bob about the shower caps in Las Vegas.
Ask Bob about the shower caps in Las Vegas.

Look for more information on Grants and Scholarships in the near future.  You can email the co-chairs if you have any questions.  Don Kelly is a Professor in the Center for Life and Health Sciences at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York and is a past President of HAPS.  Bob Crocker is a Professor at Farmingdale State College and Director of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction Program at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York.  Check out the web page for the Foundation Oversight/Grants and Scholarship Committee.

The deadline for the next quarter of HAPS-I scholarships is Nov. 15, so check it out quickly.